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Blog Archive - April, 2018


280 Articles

Georgia Animal Owner Laws for Dog Attack and Bites

April 26, 2018

Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, Lawyers for Victims of Animal Attacks Throughout Georgia 

Dog bites and animal attacks can be deadly. Attacks by dogs and other dangerous animals causenumerous injuries and hundreds of millions of dollars in personal injuries every year. While the average number of animal attacks has declined in recent years, the amount of damages paid out in personal injury claims has increased. 

Court of Appeals Upholds Fine on Georgia Company for Death of Worker

April 25, 2018

ATHENS, GA. – April 12, 2018 (safety.blr.com) According to an online report by safety.blr.com, a U.S. Court of Appeals has upheld a fine imposed by OSHA on a Georgia company in connection with a worker’s death.*

The 11th Circuit found that Martin Mechanical Contractors, a Georgia company, needed to pay a $49,000 fine imposed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The fine was assessed in connection with the death of a worker who fell through a skylight at an Athens, Georgia, warehouse. 

This Week Is Georgia Cities Week Reported By Montlick & Associates

April 25, 2018

HINESVILLE, GA – April 23, 2018 (wbrc.com).  According to an online news report from wbrc.com, this week is Georgia Cities Week.*

The start of Georgia Cities Week was on Sunday, April 22, 2018 and it goes until Sunday, April 28, 2018.   Georgia Cities Week is a celebration of community achievements and the recognition of the efforts of city employees, volunteers, and groups. The theme this year is “In the Spotlight,” which encourages all Georgia cities, regardless of size, to place their city in the spotlight.  

Georgia Distracted Driving Law Worries Workers

April 24, 2018

ATLANTA, GA. – April 19, 2018 (myajc.com) A potential new law in Georgia on distracted driving is worrying some workers about job performance, according to a news report by myajc.com.* 

In March, the Georgia legislature passed a bill that would outlaw use of hand-held devices while driving. The state already has a ban on texting while driving, but the new law extends the prohibition to all use of hand-held electronic devices.  

Laurens County Accident Leaves One Dead in Two-Car Accident

April 24, 2018

LAURENS COUNTY, SC – April 22, 2018 (indexjournal.com).  According to an online news report at indexjournal.com, a two car crash leaves one dead in South Carolina.*

A driver has tragically perished in a crash with another vehicle on Sunday, April 22, 2018 in Laurens County, per local authorities. James Spires, aged fifty-six, died in the accident, as reported by Laurens County Deputy medical examiner Vickie Cheek.

New App Allows Marietta Parents to Track School Buses

April 24, 2018

A new app will allow parents in Marietta to track their children’s school buses right from their phones, according to an online report by fox5atlanta.com.

The Marietta School Board has approved an app that will launch this fall and allow parents to stay informed about their children’s bus rides. School buses in Marietta already have GPS tracking on them, and the district’s new app, called “Ride 360,” extends the technology into the hands of parents. The Board sees the app as a way for parents to have greater peace of mind and ease of planning knowing where their children are and when their children will be arriving back at bus stops or at home. 

Fatalities Caused by Aircraft Engine Failures Are Rare

April 24, 2018

In a report in Business Insider, airline pilot Patrick Smith provides valuable insight into the engine failure that forced the emergency landing of Southwest Airlines Flight 1380. The incident killed a passenger and forced the plane’s pilot to make an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport. During the emergency landing, the airplane’s pilot and crew managed to preserve the safety of all of the other passengers on the plane. 

Man From Lawrenceville, Georgia Dies in Tragic House Fire

April 23, 2018

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – April 15, 2018 (patch.com). According to an online news report from patch.com, a man from Lawrenceville is dead after a house fire on Bleeker Street, Southwest Gwinnett County.*

The Gwinnett County Fire Department reports that a Lawrenceville man tragically died after a tragic house fire that occurred during the afternoon of Sunday, April 15, 2018.  Emergency personnel arrived at the scene of a heavy blaze after a neighbor called 911 to report the fire.  The fire was finally put out and remains under investigation.

Police Find No Crime in Teen Amputation Case; Lawsuit Still Moving Forward

April 23, 2018

COLUMBUS, GA. – April 18, 2018 (wsbradio.com) An online story from wsbradio.com reports that a lawsuit regarding a Georgia teenager’s amputation is still moving forward, despite police concluding no crime occurred.*

In October 2016, Montravious Thomas, then 13 years old, underwent a right below-the-knee amputation following an incident at his school in Muscogee County. Thomas’s lawsuit, which seeks $25 million in damages, alleges that a contract behavioral specialist at his school body slammed him multiple times on September 12, 2016, breaking his right tibia. The severed tibia bone damaged veins in his leg and led to blood loss and subsequent tissue death in his right foot. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta performed the amputation, and Thomas’s medical bills reportedly totaled more than $600,000.

New Technology Aims to Stop Drunk Driving Before it Starts

April 23, 2018

Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India - April 20, 2018 (Business Standard). According to a report in the Business Standard, researchers in India have developed technology that can prevent a vehicle from starting if the driver is drunk. The project was a joint effort by Uttarakhand Residential University in Almora, Haldwani-based RI Instruments, and Innovation India. The device is designed to detect the presence of oxidizing alcohol in the driver’s breath with graphene-coated electrodes. The graphene contained in the sensors of the new invention can be sourced from wild grasses or from waste products, either of which provides an environmental benefit from the new technology.  If the sensors detect alcohol in an amount that is more than the legal limit, the device will not let the vehicle start.

Study Suggests Banning Distractions in Driverless Cars to Increase Safety

April 23, 2018

April 19, 2018 - (RAC) According to a report from RAC, the results of a recent British study suggest that the drivers of self-driving vehicles should be prohibited from engaging in any activities that could distract them. The study, conducted by autonomous vehicle consortium Venturer, revealed that there is a two-second lag between the time that a car switches out of self-driving or autonomous mode to the time that the driver can control the vehicle. Two seconds might not seem like much time, but if you consider that a car moving at fifty miles per hour covers nearly fifty yards within that time, it is easier to see how that two-second lag could become significant in making a difference between whether an accident occurs, or it gets avoided.

Mitsubishi Lancer and Mitsubishi Lancer EvolutionTakata Airbag Inflator Recall

April 23, 2018

Takata Airbag Inflator Saga Not Over Yet

According to a news article on CarAdvice.com, the massive recall involving Takata airbag inflators just got even bigger. Mitsubishi Australia just recalled 2003-2008 Mitsubishi Lancers and Mitsubishi Lancer Evolutions because those vehicles contain the Takata airbag inflators that have proven to be dangerous and even deadly. The recent recall by Mitsubishi Australia added over thirty-five thousand cars to the list of vehicles affected by the Takata airbag inflator recall, which already included over a hundred million automobiles manufactured by various automakers.

Understanding Your Own Liability When You’re Rear-Ended in Georgia

April 22, 2018

GEORGIA – April 10, 2018 (jdsupra.com) A piece by jdsupra.com explores the situations in which you might share some of the liability when your car is rear-ended in Georgia.*

Typically, when you are involved in a rear-end collision in the state of Georgia, the collision will be considered “no-doubt” in terms of liability. In other words, the party responsible for the collision will typically not be in doubt — the person who rear-ended someone else is to blame. The reason for this is Georgia law assumes if a driver has maintained a safe distance behind someone and is paying attention, that driver should be able to stop in time to avoid any collision. 

Georgia Man Killed in Collision with Amtrak Train

April 22, 2018

NAHUNTA, GA. – April 14, 2018 (actionnewsjax.com) According to a news report by actionnewsjax.com, a Georgia man tragically died after his vehicle struck an Amtrak train in Nahunta, Georgia.*

Brantley County Medical Services reports that the accident occurred on U.S. Highway 82 in Nahunta, where the train tracks cross the roadway. A pickup truck crossed the tracks late in the afternoon on April 13 and struck the wheels of the train’s rear locomotive. The driver, a man who has not yet been identified, died from his injuries.  

Waymo Applies to Test Self-Driving Vehicles in California

April 22, 2018

CALIFORNIA – April 16, 2018 (internetofbusiness.com) A piece on internetofbusiness.com reports that autonomous car company Waymo has applied to test its vehicles on the roads of California.*

Waymo, the self-driving car company owned by Alphabet Inc. (Google’s parent company) has applied to the Department of Motor Vehicles to test its vehicles near the Waymo headquarters in Mountain View, California. The cars will not have humans on board, but California regulations will require the vehicles to be able to communicate with remote operators and will require Waymo to submit regular reports regarding accidents.

Car Crash Injures Two in Woodstock, Georgia

April 22, 2018

WOODSTOCK, GA. – April 16, 2018 (patch.com) Two people were injured in a vehicle crash April 16 in Woodstock, Georgia, according to a news report by patch.com.*

The accident occurred April 16 on Interstate 575 north of Ridgewalk Parkway. Woodstock City spokesperson Brittany Page said that two vehicles were involved in the crash. The Woodstock Police Department and the Woodstock Fire Department responded to the scene, where they found two people injured. Both people were transported to a nearby hospital for treatment. Page indicated one person had serious injuries, and the other suffered minor injuries. 

21-Year-Old Charged with Vehicular Homicide in Hall County, Georgia Crash

April 22, 2018

HALL COUNTY, GA. – April 13, 2018 (Macon.com) A 21-year-old man has been charged with vehicular homicide in connection with a single-vehicle accident in Hall County that left one person dead. The crash details are reported by ajc.com.*

On the morning of April 13, around 7 a.m., 21-year-old Paul Stevens, of Dahlonega, was driving his 2002 Nissan Xterra southbound on Interstate 985 just south of Oakwood near the Plainview Road overpass. Stevens reportedly fell asleep while he was driving and caused a wreck. 

Woman Dies in Macon County, Georgia Single-Vehicle Accident

April 20, 2018

MACON COUNTY, GA. – April 16, 2018 (13wmaz.com) A woman was tragically killed in a single-vehicle accident April 15 in Macon County, according to a news report by13wmaz.com.*

Georgia State Patrol indicates Sharon Reed, of Reynolds, was driving along Ga. 127 at around 9 a.m. when she left the roadway, drove into a ditch, and hit a tree. First responders pronounced Reed dead at the scene.

Motorcyclist Dies in Lowndes County, Georgia on Johnston Road

April 20, 2018

LOWNDES COUNTY, GA. – April 13, 2018 (wtxl.com) As reported by wtxl.com, a 24-year-old motorcycle rider tragically died following a collision on Johnston Road in Lowndes County. Authorities are investigating the accident to determine its cause.*

The collision occurred early morning, around 3 a.m., on April 13. The Georgia State Patrol reports that 24-year-old James Michael Thomas Carter, of Valdosta, was riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle eastbound on Johnston Road east of Dasher. Georgia State Patrol said Carter lost control of his motorcycle at this point and ran off the road. He reportedly drove off of the road for about 230 feet, went back onto the road for about 180 feet, then crashed the motorcycle. 

Georgia Sheriff’s Officers Warn Against Excess Speeds on Ga. 400

April 20, 2018

FORSYTH COUNTY, GA. – April 15, 2018 (13wmaz.com) According to an online report from 13wmaz.com, Georgia Sheriff’s Officers have been issuing numerous speeding tickets on Ga. 400 and are encouraging drivers to slow down.* 

Officers in Forsyth County have issued speeding tickets in the last few weeks for driving up to 111 mph on Ga. 400. According to Sheriff Ron Freeman, deputies in Forsyth County have been clocking speeds “that would make NASCAR blush.” In a Facebook post, Freeman said he had recently stopped an 18-year-old driver on Ga. 400 who was traveling at 103 mph on the highway near Pilgrim Mill Road. 

Automotive Repair Industry Looks to Blockchain for Customer Security

April 20, 2018

SAN DIEGO, CA. – April 16, 2018 (autonews.com) A collision industry software provider is exploring blockchain technology to ensure accessibility and security of repair data, according to a report by autonews.com.*

Blockchain is the technology behind the digital currency bitcoin. Data connected to the blockchain is stored in a decentralized fashion on many computers. When customers have auto repairs, their names, addresses, insurance information, and account records are stored in body shop databases. The information is not readily accessible by other shops but is vulnerable to being hacked. 

I-20 East Shut Down Because of Multi-Vehicle Accident in Douglas County, Georgia

April 20, 2018

DOUGLAS COUNTY, GA. – April 17, 2018 (patch.com) An online report from patch.com states that all lanes of Interstate 20 Eastbound were shut down April 17 following a multi-vehicle accident.*

The Georgia Department of Transportation reported that the accident occurred April 17 on I-20 between Lee Road (Exit 41) and Thornton Road in Douglas County. Several vehicles were involved in the accident, including a tractor-trailer, according to Jesse Hambrick with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

UPDATE: Sheriff’s Deputy Recovering at Home After Augusta Accident

April 20, 2018

AUGUSTA, GA. – April 18, 2018 (wrdw.com) A news report from wrdw.com provides updated information on the Richmond County Sheriff’s Deputy injured in an August vehicle accident.*

As previously reported, Richmond County Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Crawford was responding to the scene of a vehicle accident at approximately 10:30 p.m. on April 17. He was then involved in another accident at the intersection of Wheeler Road and Walton Way Extension. Deputy Crawford and the other driver were transported to Augusta University Medical Center. 

Sheriff’s Deputy Injured in Augusta Vehicle Accident

April 20, 2018

AUGUSTA, GA. – April 18, 2018 (wjbf.com) According to an online report from wjbf.com, a Richmond County Sheriff’s Deputy has been injured due to a vehicle accident in Augusta.*

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office says Deputy Brandon Crawford was responding to the scene of a vehicle accident when he was personally involved in another accident at the intersection of Wheeler Road and Walton Way Extension. The accident occurred at approximately 10:30 p.m. on April 17. 

Delaware Police Borrowing Georgia Tactics for Driver Safety

April 19, 2018

DELAWARE – April 17, 2018 (whyy.com) According to a news report from whyy.com, Delaware State Police are working to decrease distracted driving in the state and are using some of the strategies implemented by Georgia law enforcement.*

The Delaware State Patrol is partnering with the Delaware Office of Highway Safety to patrol the streets in unmarked cars and issue citations to people who are using their cell phones while driving. The same type of program was implemented in Georgia with success, so Delaware law enforcement officers are trying to replicate it to improve safety on their roadways. 

Ribbon-Cutting to Mark Opening of Bicycle Path at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia

April 19, 2018

ATLANTA, GA. – April 17, 2018 (news.emory.edu) A report from news.emory.edu details a planned ribbon-cutting ceremony that will mark the opening of a walking and biking path at Emory University.*

The path will join Emory’s Clairmont Campus to Mason Mill Park and will feature a 12-foot-wide trail designed for walking, jogging, and bicycling. The path project was a partnership of Emory and the PATH Foundation, a nonprofit of Atlanta that develops green public pathways. University officials are hoping the path will provide a safer commuting option for bicyclists and pedestrians attending Emory or those traveling to neighboring businesses along the Clifton corridor. 

Production Halts on Tesla Model 3 Amid Concerns of Over-Automation

April 19, 2018

FREEMONT, CA. – April 17, 2018 (baltimoresun.com) According to a news report by baltimoresun.com, Tesla has ceased operations on its new Model 3 vehicle, a move that might be tied to concerns that the assembly system was too automated.

During the weekend of April 14, Tesla informed Model 3 assembly line workers that they were not to come to work the entire coming week — Monday, April 16, through Saturday, April 21. They were told to use vacation days, personal days, or opt to not be paid. The move marks the second shutdown of Tesla production in the last two months. 

Ford Recalls 350,000 More Trucks and SUVs in April

April 19, 2018

DEARBORN, MI. – April 17, 2018 (insurancebusinessmag.com) A story from insurancebusinessmag.comr eports that Ford is recalling another round of trucks and SUVs. The recall comes not long after announcement of another recall affecting Ford’s vehicles.

The latest recall involves nearly 350,000 trucks and SUVs, including 10-speed automatic 2018 Ford F-150s and 2018 Ford Expeditions, and 6-speed automatic commercial-use 2018 Ford F-650s and 2018 Ford F-750s. Ford reportedly initiated the recall because of rollaway concerns. 

Child Critically Injured in Riceboro, Georgia Collision

April 19, 2018

RICEBORO, GA. – April 18, 2018 (coastalcourier.com) As reported by coastalcourier.com, a child has been critically injured in a collision with a pickup truck near Riceboro, Georgia.*

Georgia State Patrol says the boy is 9 years old and was riding his bicycle south of Riceboro at approximately 5:30 p.m. April 17 when he was struck by a pickup truck. The boy has not been identified but was reportedly riding his bike near the intersection of Peter King Road and Highway 17 and failed to yield. Troopers state that the pickup truck had the right-of-way. 

Innovation Award Given to Accident-Prevention System at Georgia Trade Show

April 19, 2018

ATLANTA, GA. – April 18, 2018 (mmdonline.com) According to an online report by mmdonline.com, German company Elokon won an Innovation Award at a recent Georgia trade show for a product that prevents industrial truck accidents.*

The device, called ELOshield, is a forklift anti-collision system, and it received the “Best Innovation of an Existing Product” Award at the U.S. Material Handling Institute’s April trade show in Atlanta. This award is given to products that demonstrate the latest advances in supply chain technology.

Jackhammer Accident Injuries and Georgia Workers Compensation Claims

April 18, 2018

Pneumatic jackhammers are incredibly useful tools. Construction workers use them to break apart masonrieslike brick walls or walks, concrete, and asphalt. Pneumatic jackhammers are very powerfuland noisy machines. The drill bit pounds away at the hard surface and frees up the earth below. Meanwhile, the worker using the machinemust hang on to the potentially dangerous machine as it bounces and kicks around dust and debris.  

Florida Child Hot Car Deaths Already Occurring with Spring Upon Us

April 17, 2018

ATLANTA, GA – April 16, 2018 (patch.com). According to an online news report from patch.com, hot car deaths in Florida are occurring again with the start of Spring.*

With Spring just arriving, there are children who already dying from heatstroke due to being left in a hot car.  Even with milder temperatures, cars can heat up to dangerous temperatures, leading to hot car deaths.  In Florida, eighty-nine children died from being left in a hot car.  One child this year has already succumbed to heatstroke in a hot car incident.  On average, thirty-seven children die each year in the United States from vehicular heat stroke, pursuant to national statistics.  Aside from vehicular accidents, vehicular heat stroke is a leading cause of death for children fourteen years old and under.

Fundraiser Set Up to Help Family of a Marietta Man Who Died in Motorcycle Accident

April 17, 2018

MARIETTA, GA – April 4, 2018 (patch.com). According to an online news report from patch.com, a fundraiser has been set up for the family of a man tragically killed in a fatal two-vehicle motorcycle accident in Sandy Springs, Georgia.*

Money is being raised on a YouCaring page to help the family of Cameron Densler, 24, who was killed in a motorcycle crash on Saturday, March 31, 2018. Specifically, the family is looking for a donation instead of flowers in memoriam of Densler’s life.

Douglasville Man Facing Multiple Charges for Causing Accident During Police Chase

April 17, 2018

CARROLL COUNTY, GA – April 11, 2018 (times-georgian.com). According to an online news report from times-georgian.com, a man faces numerous charges due to his role in causing an accident after fleeing from police.*

The supect, a man from Douglasville, was taken into custody by police on Monday due to an accident that occurred back in January where he caused an accident, damaging three vehicles and injuring a police officer and two other drivers.

Georgia Truck Driver Crashes into Traffic Pole in New Jersey

April 17, 2018

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, NJ. – April 10, 2018 (Pressofatlanticcity.com) According to a news report by pressofatlanticcity.com, a Georgia truck driver has been cited for careless driving after striking a traffic pole in New Jersey.*

Shortly before 5 a.m. on April 10, Tommie Faircloth, 60, of Vidalia, Georgia, was driving a tractor trailer near the intersection of U.S. Route 9 and E. Great Creek Road in Galloway Township, New Jersey. Faircloth attempted to make a right turn at the intersection and hit a traffic signal pole. The pole broke away and ended up stuck on the top of Faircloth’s truck. 

What Happens When Someone Is Accidentally Electrocuted

April 17, 2018

Georgia Accident Attorneys Explain What Happens When Someone Is Accidentally Electrocuted

It is often argued that harnessing the power of electricity enabled the U.S., and most of the world, to move from the Industrial Age into the Modern Age. Our lives would be markedly different if we did not have electricity at our fingertips. In fact, it would not be modern at all.

The Problem with Common Self-Driving Car Lingo

April 16, 2018

April 11, 2018 (popularmechanics.com) In a recent article, popularmechanics.com scrutinizes the language people are using to talk about self-driving cars and how that lingo might be contributing to fatal accidents involving these vehicles.*

Many different versions of autonomous driving technology exist today. Some standard cars, like Tesla, Nissan, and Cadillac, have features that allow the cars to make some driving decisions. However, these cars are still heavily reliant on humans to intervene in emergency situations, and many drivers don’t seem to understand that. Part of the reason for this problem, the Popular Mechanics articles says, is the way manufacturers and the media are discussing “self-driving” features. 

Elderly Woman Left Homeless after Drunk Driver Crashes into Her Mobile Home

April 16, 2018

ROCK SPRING, GA – April 12, 2018 (wrcbtv.com).  According to an online news report from wrcbtv.com, an elderly north Georgian woman is seeking help after a drunk driver crashed into her mobile home.*

The woman’s family contacted Channel 3 due to the fact that not much is left over from her homeowner’s insurance. Faust received a check for $36,000 from her insurance company, which is enough to pay off her mobile home but leaves her with possibly a few thousand dollars left. That in addition to a fixed income is not going to get Faust very far. 

Parachute Riggers Maintain Focus on Soldier Safety

April 16, 2018

FORT VALLEY, GA. – April 10, 2018 (defense.gov) An article by defense.gov highlights the labor involved in safely packing Army parachutes.*

At the Army Reserve Center in Fort Valley, Georgia, the 421st Quartermaster Company has a team of parachute riggers who personally ensure the safety of reserve and active-duty troops during jumps. They are trained in more than a dozen types of parachutes, each with its own specific packing protocol. These parachute riggers understand that in their line of work, mistakes can cost lives. 

Emergency Lane Crashes Kill or Cripple Thousands Annually

April 16, 2018

Even With Georgia Move Over Law, Stopping In Breakdown Lane Remains Hazardous

The Georgia legislature enacted a law which, if obeyed, should make the work of law enforcement officers, tow truck drivers, and the lives of people who need to pull over on Georgia’s interstates safer. The legislature deemed the law necessary because careless and reckless drivers got too close and crashed into vehicles stopped in the emergency lane. Regrettably, drivers needed a law to remind them to avoid vehicles in the breakdown lane.

Alpharetta Police Officer Fired for Not Issuing Tickets

April 15, 2018

FULTON COUNTY, GA. – April 10, 2018 (philadelphia.cbslocal.com) A news report from philadelphia.cbslocal.com details the firing of an Alpharetta, Georgia, police officer. The officer was reportedly fired for not issuing tickets during minor traffic accidents.*

Alpharetta Police Officer Daniel Capps responded to a recent fender bender in Alpharetta in which resident Charles Westover rear-ended another vehicle at a low rate of speed. Westover said Capps was “extremely courteous” and “very professional” as he assessed the damage to the cars and whether there were any injuries. Neither driver was injured, but the bumpers of both cars were damaged. Capps viewed the incident as a minor fender bender that did not warrant a ticket to either driver. 

Georgia Camp Director Indicted in Drowning of Young Boy

April 15, 2018

FULTON COUNTY, GA, - April 10, 2018 (ajc.com) A camp director and a nature center executive have been criminally indicted in connection with the drowning of a 5-year-old boy, according to a news report by ajc.com.* 

After deliberating for nearly six hours on April 10, a grand jury in Fulton County charged Camp Cricket Director Terri Clark and Cochran Mill Nature Center Executive Director Maribeth Wansley in the death of 5-year-old Benjamin “Kamau” Hosch III. 

Georgia DNR Locates Missing Boat in Accident that Killed Three Fisherman

April 15, 2018

EUFAULA, AL. – April 10, 2018 (wrbl.com) The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has located the missing boat involved in an accident that left three fishermen dead in Henry County, Alabama.*

At approximately 9 p.m. on April 4, 51-year-old Keith Price, 52-year-old Timothy Arnold Evans, and 54-year-old John White, all of Henry County, Alabama, put their boat into Thomas Mill Creek off of Lake Eufaula in Alabama. The next day, the families of the men began to worry because the fishermen had not returned home and had not been in contact. The families notified the Henry County Sheriff’s Office. 

Bicyclist’s Death Worries Riders in Oconee County

April 15, 2018

OCONEE COUNTY, GA. – April 11, 2018 (oconeeenterprise.com) A story from oconeeenterprise.com discusses the concerns facing cyclists in Oconee County following the death of a UGA employee who was riding her bicycle.*

On April 3, 45-year-old University of Georgia employee Karen Tinsley was riding her bicycle on Astondale Road when 55-year-old Richard Poulnott, of Watkinsville, struck the back of her bicycle with the front of his truck. Tinsley was thrown off her bike and onto the shoulder of the road. She was transported to Athens Regional Medical Center, where she tragically died from her injuries. 

Federal Report Finds Georgia DOT Contributed to I-85 Bridge Fire

April 15, 2018

ATLANTA, GA. – April 11, 2018 (wsbtv.com) A federal investigative report has found that the Georgia Department of Transportation is partially at fault in the fire that destroyed a section of Interstate 85 last year.* 

On March 30, 2017, Basil Eleby was homeless and using drugs under the bridge on Interstate 85 in Atlanta, just north of where the interstate merges with Interstate 75. He set fire to a stuffed chair that was on top of a plastic shopping cart under the bridge. The fire quickly spread to high-density plastic conduit stored under the bridge, and the bridge was enveloped in flames. The Georgia DOT was storing that conduit under I-85 at the time, as it had been using this area to store numerous construction materials. 

Driver Charged with DUI Following Head-On Collision in Cartersville, Georgia

April 15, 2018

CARTERSVILLE, GA. – April 13, 2018 (patch.com) According to an online report from patch.com, a man has been charged with driving under the influence after causing a head-on collision in Cartersville.*

Around 5:30 p.m. on April 11, Paul Michael Sisk, of Euharlee, reportedly went to a liquor store in Cartersville, Toad’s Beverage Co., and drove away from the store in his 1997 Honda Civic. Sisk was traveling eastbound on Old Mill Road toward Etowah Drive. Witnesses say he was driving recklessly, laying drags, and passed several cars before leaving his lane and veering into the westbound lanes.

Georgia Truck Driver Involved in Nebraska Accident

April 15, 2018

AURORA, NE. – April 12, 2018 (nebraska.tv) A Georgia truck driver was involved in a collision with another semi-truck April 12 in Nebraska, according to an online report by nebraska.tv. Few details have been released, but both drivers are being treated for injuries.*

Shortly before 4:30 p.m. April 12, Georgia truck driver Timothy Cook, 47, and Ohio truck driver Ibrahim Isaq, 47, were traveling westbound on Interstate 80 outside of Aurora, Nebraska. According to Nebraska State Patrol one of the drivers — it is not clear at this time which one — slowed down on the interstate because of traffic ahead. The other driver failed to slow down and hit the back of the first driver’s semi-truck. Both trucks then ran into the bridge on I-80 at this area of the interstate, Nebraska State Patrol said. 

The National Transportation Safety Board Announces Updated Safety Plan Based On I-85 Fire and Collapse

April 13, 2018

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released a safety alert based on the lessons learned from the I-85 bridge fire that caused the collapse of 600 feet of roadway on March 30, 2017. Commuters and residents no doubt remember well the incident which reaped havoc on Atlanta’s interstates and thoroughfares for about six weeks. Shutting down I-85 cut off a major road around and through parts of Atlanta which flooded the area with vehicles that would not have otherwise traveled on city streets. Fortunately, construction crews enjoyed reasonably good weather so they had the opportunity to work 24 hours per day, seven days per week until they could reopen the highway. 

Carbon Monoxide Exposure in the Workplace and Georgia Workers Compensation

April 13, 2018

Georgia Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Montlick & Associates Aggressively Pursue Economic Awards for Workers Injured or Killed by Carbon Monoxide Exposure 

Most people are familiar with carbon monoxide. They know carbon monoxide, CO, is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas. Carbon monoxide sometimes mixes with other gases which can be perceived through the senses. However, you will not know that CO is a component of the gas mixture. To that extent, carbon monoxide is a silent killer — especiallyin an industrial workspace. 

Georgia Lawyers for Trucking Accidents and Burn Injury Lawsuits

April 13, 2018

The sight of a fire in the immediate aftermath of a Georgia trucking crash is horrific. That is why it is imperative to get away from a vehicle after a collision in a trucking accident. Unfortunately, many people cannot extricate themselves from the burning wreckage. According to the National Fire Protection Agency's latest figure, approximately 287,000 vehicle fires occur annually. These vehicle fires cause the deaths of about 480 people. The National Fire Protection Agency's statistics did not calculate the number of people injured by a motor vehicle fire.

Georgia Apartment Building Accidents, Lawyers and Lawsuits

April 12, 2018

Georgia Apartment Building Accidents

Tenants and their visitors and guests have the right to be free from injury when living in or visiting an apartment building in Georgia. Georgia law instructs the owners or occupiers of apartment buildings to keep the premises free from hazardous conditions, both inside of the building and on the outside. The failure to protect from harm a lawful invitee or someone who is the apartment building can lawfully expose the landlord to legal liability in Georgia. 

Georgia Truck Backing Up Accident and Injury Claims, Attorneys and Lawsuits

April 11, 2018

Back-up Truck Accidents in Georgia Endanger Motorists, Pedestrians, and Bicyclists

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) will require that all vehicles manufactured on May 1, 2018 or after must have a backup camera. The NHTSA instituted the rule to reduce the incidents of backing accidents that occur annually. The rule applies to all cars, trucks, SUVs, and other vehicle weighing 10,000 pounds or less. The NHTSA opines that dozens of lives will be saved annually and thousands of injuries prevented by application of this new rule. The rule does apply to larger vehicles like buses, large trucks, 18-wheelers, and large heavy trucks which have a gross vehicle weight of 26,000 pounds or more as well. At least one study that our truck accident lawyers has found shows that large truck drivers could benefit from installing backing cameras and monitors to stem the tide of deaths and injuries caused by the backing of large trucks. 

Tetraplegia Spinal Cord Injuries and Paralysis Caused by Car Accidents in Georgia

April 11, 2018

Montlick & Associates Pursue Claims for Spinal Cord Injuries and Paralysis Caused by Car Accidents 

Spinal cord injuries leading to paralysis suffered by victims of auto accidents not only alter the victims' lives but their families' as well. Paralyzed car crash victims need specialized medical care and intense therapy. The paralyzed victim must rely on their family, friends, and healthcare workers to live, breathe, eat, and survive. 

Georgia Car Accident Lawyers Discuss Anoxic Brain Injuries

April 10, 2018

Any brain injury has the potential to alter a person’s life irrevocably and can have a devastating outcome for the injured as well as the person’s family. Medicine recognizes two broad categories of brain injuries. They are traumatic brain injuries and anoxic brain injuries. Anoxic brain injuries occur when an injury or medical condition restricts blood flow to the brain. The lack of oxygenated blood flowing from the heart to the brain can cause irreversible damage in as few as four minutes. That is not much time to pass before a person suffers irreversible complications. 

Georgia Bulldozer Accident and Injury Claims, Lawyers and Lawsuits.

April 10, 2018

Georgia Bulldozer Accidents

Montlick & Associates Georgia Workers' Compensation Attorneys Fighting for Workers and Their Families

Bulldozer accidents on work sites are commonoccurrences. The notion seems hard to believe. Bulldozers can weigh as much as 104 tons to as little as 8 tons. Some stand over ten feet tall and may be as long as 25 feet, from the frontedge of the blade to the rear. Despite the sheer enormity of the machine, Georgia workers can die or suffer catastrophic injury from being struck by a bulldozer. 

Nursing Home Fall Accident Lawsuits in Georgia

April 09, 2018

Nursing homes are intended to help care for patients who no longer have the ability to care for themselves without assistance.  While nursing homes have helped many patients with life’s daily needs, there are still far too many patients that suffer injuries in them, many of which are preventable.  A common injury associated with many nursing home patients is falling.  As we grow older, it becomes more difficult to walk without assistance, and a vast majority of nursing home patients are elderly individuals.

Time Limitations on Georgia Workers’ Compensation Claims

April 06, 2018

Workers’ compensation benefits are essential for employees who sustain workplace injuries or illnesses and are not able to work while they are recovering.  Such benefits include weekly wages, coverage for injury-related medical expenses, medical care provided by an authorized physician, and the ability to return to work on a limited basis once an employee is well enough to return to work.  Workers’ compensation benefits for injured and ill Georgia workers is important not only for the person who has sustained injuries or illness but also for the employer and Georgia’s workforce as a whole.  When injured and ill employees are unable to work, the consequences reach beyond physical injuries.  As such, workers’ compensation is intended to get employees back to work as soon as possible.

Georgia Workers’ Compensation Claims – Available Benefits

April 06, 2018

Workplace accidents can turn a person’s life upside down.  Many workplace accidents are minor enough that the worker can return to work within a few weeks.  However, when injuries are severe enough to keep an employee out of work for a longer period, such as three or more weeks, the physical, mental and financial consequences can be difficult both on the injured worker as well as any family members that rely upon that worker’s income for support.  Georgia, like other states, has workers’ compensation laws that are intended to help injured workers by providing medical treatment, coverage for medical expenses, and compensation for lost wages during the recovery period.

Car Accident Injury Lawyer for Accidents at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport in Atlanta, Georgia

April 05, 2018

Car Accidents at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport

Since 1998, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport has held the record for the world’s busiest airport, and the airport gets busier year after year.  In 2016, Hartsfield-Jackson Airport saw approximately 104.2 million travelers, an astounding number that demonstrates just how essential Atlanta’s airport is for travelers worldwide.  Because Atlanta’s airport is filled to the brim with travelers on a daily basis, the traffic surrounding the airport is likewise filled to the brim. 

Aggressive Driving Accident Lawsuit Lawyers in Georgia

April 05, 2018

A large number of car accidents in Georgia are caused by distracted driving (such as texting, talking on the phone, or using apps on a smartphone, among others), running a red light, speeding, and driving under the influence.  However, aggressive driving behavior is also a cause of serious and sometimes fatal car accidents.  While many aggressive driving accidents involve traffic violations such as speeding or running a red light, there are often characteristics that make a driver’s conduct particularly aggressive, as discussed below.

Back Injury Settlements and Determining Case Values in Georgia

April 04, 2018

Georgia Back Injuries — Value of the Case

Every person injured in a Georgia accident who suffers back injuries deserves to know how much their claim could be worth. The answer lies in the details of your case. Because every case is different from the next, one cannot compare their case to someone else' and conclude that they should receive the same type of settlement. While it would be ideal to provide a solution to this most pressing question with certainty, it is simply not possible. However, do not be deterred. Examining what goes into valuing your Georgia back injury case with a qualified personal injury attorney can help you understand why the answer is uncertain at the outset.

Georgia Chainsaw Injuries in the Workplace and Workers Compensation Claims

April 04, 2018

Chainsaws are powerful tools that frequently come in handy. Many professions use chainsaws as an integral component of their work. Loggers and arborists, of course, use chainsaws on a daily basis. Construction crews, general contractors, home builders, stump removal specialists, firefighters, as well as telephone and electrical linemen, are some of the many professionals that use chainsaws in their everyday business. Many people have used chainsaws in their backyard or helped their neighbor fell a tree. In fact, chainsaw use is so frequent that maintaining the appropriate level of respect for the machine might be difficult.

Georgia Attorneys for Car Accident Injuries Involving Unsecured Livestock

April 03, 2018

Montlick & Associates, Georgia Auto Wreck Attorneys Explain Liability for Livestock Crashes

Much of Georgia's population proudly works in the farming industry, and much of the state's area is farmland. Approximately 9.6 million acres of comprise farmland in Georgia and the average farm size is 228 acres. Additionally, the state of Georgia boasts about 42,000 individual farms, with 17,000 farms dedicated to raising livestock such as beef cattle and dairy cows. Farms in Georgia house other livestock such as horses, llamas, and pigs.

Georgia Attorneys of Defective Auto Glass Injury Lawsuits and Settlements

April 03, 2018

Georgia Auto Glass Injuries

The windows in your car perform a vital function. Not only are they a means to see the world around you when you are in the car, but auto manufacturers designed auto glass to protect the occupants of the vehicle in the event of a collision. In fact, auto glass provides such an important safety function for the vehicle's occupants that the glass must conform to numerous safety standards imposed by the U.S. government.

Lawyers for Automatic Door Accident Injuries in Georgia

April 02, 2018

Georgia Automatic Door Accidents

Automatic doors cause numerous accidents in Georgia annually in shopping centers, airports, hospitals, banks, gas stations, convenience stores, and other facilities that use them. Automatic doors do not appear hazardous at first blush. They are inviting to the public because they seemingly greet shoppers with open arms as the shopper enters the store. The automatic doors of a store also bid farewell and express gratitude to the shopper for spending money as the door swings open to the outside, so the shopper does not have to struggle to hold the door as they exit. Automatic doors further close automatically, so the weather stays outside. However, they can be hazardous to shoppers if the owner fails to maintain the doors properly. The owner will be liable to the shopper for his or her injuries.

Lawyers for Amazon Delivery Truck and Car Accidents in Georgia

April 02, 2018

Georgia Amazon Delivery Truck and Car Accidents 

Shopping online has become a method of choice for many Georgians who would rather avoid the large crowds and lines of grocery stores, department stores, and other retail establishments.  Amazon, one of the most popular online marketplaces, has grown substantially over the past decade.  Early on, Amazon was primarily a business that sold books, and now the retail giant sells anything from clothing to food items and gadgets.  Whatever a person may want or need, Amazon is likely to have it.  Initially, Amazon, like many other online retailers, utilized UPS, FedEx, and the United States Postal Service to ship goods to customers.  While Amazon still uses these forms of delivery to ship goods, the retail giant has added its own delivery option where Amazon itself delivers goods to customers’ homes.

Frequently Asked Questions About Georgia Product Liability

April 01, 2018

Georgia Products Liability Lawyers with Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law Answer Frequently Asked Questions

Product liability law in Georgia can be a complex area of practice. Both federal and state laws intersect in product liability claims. Knowing and understanding federal and state laws are a challenge. Additionally, products liability cases often require the testimony of expert witnesses who must explain what happened and why the product caused an injury to the victim.

Frequently Asked Questions About the Discovery Process in Civil Lawsuits

April 01, 2018

Montlick & Associates Personal Injury Lawyers Answer Your Questions About the Discovery Process in Civil Lawsuits

The discovery process in a Georgia personal injury lawsuit may be time-consuming, tedious, invasive, and even seem like a harassment technique to get you to quit. As a plaintiff in a Georgia legal claim, it is important to remember that discovery is a significant part of the progress of a lawsuit, even if it is annoying. You also can rest assured that your attorney generally has an equal opportunity to pose questions to the people who caused your injury, request evidence that may have some relevance to your case. 

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